2019 New York Laws
PBS - Public Service
Article 1 - The Department of Public Service
3-B - Long Island Office of the Department.
§ 3-b. Long Island office of the department. 1. There is hereby established in the department an office to review and make recommendations with respect to the operations and terms and conditions of service of, and rates and budgets established by, the Long Island power authority and/or its service provider. 2. Definitions. As used or referred to in this section:
(a) "Authority" means the Long Island power authority.
(b) "Service provider" means the entity under contract with the authority to provide management and operation services associated with the authority's electric transmission and distribution system and any subsidiary of such entity that provides such services under contract. However, the service provider and any affiliate of the service provider with whom the authority or service provider contracts to provide services associated with the authority's electric transmission and distribution system shall not be considered an electric corporation under this chapter.
(c) "Operations services agreement" means an agreement and any amendments thereto between the Long Island lighting company dba LIPA or the Long Island power authority and the service provider to provide management and operation services associated with the authority's electric transmission and distribution system. 3. General powers. In undertaking the requirements of this section, subject to subdivisions (u) and (bb) through (hh) of section one thousand twenty-f of the public authorities law, the department shall be empowered and authorized to:
(a) Review and make recommendations to the board of the Long Island power authority with respect to the rates and charges, including charges related to energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, to be established by the authority and become applicable on or after January first, two thousand sixteen pursuant to subdivision (u) of section one thousand twenty-f of the public authorities law.
(i) The purpose of such review is to make recommendations designed to ensure that the authority and the service provider provide safe and adequate transmission and distribution service at rates set at the lowest level consistent with sound fiscal operating practices.
(ii) The department's recommendations shall be designed to be consistent with ensuring that the revenue requirements related to such rate review are sufficient to satisfy the authority's obligations with respect to its bonds, notes and all other contracts.
(iii) In the context of such review, the department may make recommendations with regard to the compensation or fee structure included within the operations services agreement.
(iv) In undertaking such review and in making recommendations related to the proposed rates and charges, the department shall establish standards, policies and procedures that, at a minimum, provide for public statement and evidentiary hearings and participation of intervenors and other parties, and ensure that any final recommendations related to the proposed rates and charges are provided to the authority within two hundred forty days of the filing with the department of such plan.
(v) The parties to any such rate review proceeding shall include, but not be limited to, department staff, the authority, the service provider and, to the extent it deems necessary or appropriate, the utility intervention unit.
(b) Review the annual capital expenditures proposed by the service provider and recommend such improvement in the manufacture, conveying, transportation, distribution or supply of electricity, or in the methods employed by the the service provider as in the department's judgment allows for safe and adequate service.
(c) Annually review the emergency response plan of the authority and the service provider in accordance with the following requirements:
(i) Examine and determine whether the emergency response plan is consistent with the requirements of paragraph (a) of subdivision twenty-one of section sixty-six of this chapter and any regulations or orders promulgated thereto, and to recommend amendments of same; and
(ii) Review and make recommendations to the authority with respect to the performance of the service provider in restoring service or otherwise meeting the requirements of the emergency response plan during an emergency event, defined for purposes of this section as an event where widespread outages have occurred in the authority's service territory due to a storm or other causes beyond the control of the authority and its service provider, including making determinations with respect to whether the service provider is reasonably able to implement the emergency response plan, whether the length of any outages related to such emergency were materially longer than they would otherwise have been because the service provider failed to reasonably implement the emergency response plan, the reasonableness of costs associated with such emergency response, the costs, if any, that were unreasonably and imprudently incurred by the service provider, and whether the service provider would be liable for any such costs pursuant to the terms and conditions of the operations services agreement.
(d) Upon notification to the Long Island power authority, undertake a comprehensive and regular management and operations audit of the authority and service provider pursuant to subdivision (bb) of section one thousand twenty-f of the public authorities law. The department shall have discretion to have such an audit performed by its staff, or by an independent contractor. In every case in which an audit is required pursuant to subdivision (bb) of section one thousand twenty-f of the public authorities law performed by an independent auditor, the department shall have the authority to select the auditor, and to require the authority to enter into a contract with the auditor that is consistent with the contracting-related requirements specified in subdivision nineteen of section sixty-six of this chapter and the requirements of subdivision (bb) of section one thousand twenty-f of the public authorities law. Such contract shall provide further that the auditor shall work for and under the direction of the department according to such terms as the department may determine are necessary and reasonable.
(e) Accept, investigate, mediate to resolve and make recommendations to the Long Island power authority and/or the service provider regarding the resolution of complaints from consumers in the authority's service territory relating to, among other things, the provision of electric service provided by the service provider and/or the authority.
(f) Review the net metering program implemented under subdivision (h) of section one thousand twenty-g of the public authorities law and make recommendations designed to ensure consistency with the requirements of sections sixty-six-j and sixty-six-l of this chapter, and any regulations and orders adopted thereto.
(g) Review and make recommendations with respect to any proposed plan submitted by the Long Island power authority and/or the service provider related to implementation of energy efficiency measures, distributed generation or advanced grid technology programs having the purpose of providing customers with tools to more efficiently and effectively manage their energy usage and utility bills, and improving system reliability and power quality.
(h) Review the data, information and reports submitted pursuant to subdivision (hh) of section one thousand twenty-f of the public authorities law and other pertinent information related to the metrics in the operations services agreement, the Long Island power authority's evaluation of such data, information and reports, and make recommendations to the authority with respect to the service provider's annual incentive-based compensation within thirty days of receipt of such evaluation and information. 4. Review and inspection. To undertake the requirements of subdivision two of this section, the department shall be authorized to inspect all premises and facilities owned or operated by the authority and the service provider, review all books and records of the authority and the service provider, interview all appropriate personnel, and require annual reporting consistent with the requirements of subdivision six of section sixty-six of this chapter and any regulations and orders adopted thereto; provided, however, that this authority shall not extend to affiliates of the service provider.